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New Mental Health Care for Postpartum Depression

Reviewed by Bruce Hamby, PA-C of Forum Health West Bloomfield


Postpartum depression can occur in women after childbirth, and the effects on physical and emotional health can weigh heavily. At Forum Health we’re passionate about women’s health and helping our patients live happy, fulfilling lives. Our professional staff of expert providers are knowledgeable about the symptoms of postpartum depression and can help develop a treatment plan that eases your symptoms. 


The symptoms can vary widely, but some of the most common include:

  • Depressed mood or mood swings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Inability to sleep
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your child
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • And more


Postpartum depression might happen because of a variety of factors, which often come together to form a perfect storm. Estrogen and progesterone levels drastically decrease after childbirth, and when combined with a history of depression, lifestyle factors, and fatigue, it can lead to a prolonged depressive episode.


Obviously, these factors coming together can also take a toll on physical health as well. Lack of energy, loss of interest in activities, or loss of appetite may lead to substantial changes in the body. This can include drastic weight changes and weakened bones or immune system due to lack of nutrients.

Ketamine Infusion Treatments for Postpartum Depression

Ketamine infusions can prove valuable for women dealing with postpartum depression and other struggles relating to mental health. 


What makes this treatment unique is its effectiveness. Often, we see patients at our clinic who have exhausted all options to help with their mental health issues. With ketamine infusions, roughly 70 percent of people experience rapid results from their treatment.


Following an initial consultation to better understand your symptoms, we’ll initiate a plan of about 6 total treatments over the course of 2 to 3 weeks. The treatment usually lasts about an hour total, and the dosage you receive depends on your unique needs. Treatment is also generally pain-free, with many patients describing the process as a relaxing experience. 


Though each treatment is incredibly precise and generally very effective, ketamine infusions aren’t for everyone. Our team will work with your primary care provider to ensure that these treatments are safe for you.